Helping Hands

Fred Thomas (left), with Helping Hands of Cambria County, accepts window and door donations from Barry L. Ritko Jr., vice president of Best Group Holdings, on Monday, July 9, 2018, at Best Window and Door Co. on Broad Street in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Thanks to a donation from Best Window and Door Co., a local nonprofit organization will be able to better serve the community.

On Monday, the custom-design business donated between $20,000 to $30,000 worth of windows and doors to Helping Hands of Cambria County, formerly Habitat for Humanity, for upcoming building projects.

“We are donating what we would call overruns on our production, so over a period of time with the volume of work that we do, we accrue windows and doors that we have the option to resell to the public or reuse in homes, but usually we accumulate them and donate them for a better cause,” said Barry L. Ritko Jr., vice president, Best Group Holdings doing business as Best Window and Door Co.

Presented to Helping Hands of Cambria County were residential products, including vinyl windows and an variety of exterior doors.

“They can use these when they build homes,” Ritko said.

Fred Thomas, president of the board of directors for Helping Hands of Cambria County, said the donation gives them an extra boost.

“Every house that we build we have to put in so many windows, and they cost a couple hundred dollars apiece,” he said. “We don’t want to put in anything that’s not quality – our motto is we don’t put anything into these houses that we wouldn’t put in to our own house. These are top-quality windows; you wouldn’t get any better.”

He said with the number of windows the nonprofit has received it will be able to do multiple houses.

“This is a great donation for us. It’s going to save us a lot of money and save the homeowner a lot of money,” Thomas said.

“When we sell a house we base the price on what it costs us to build, so if we can save $3,000 or $4,000 on windows then it’s a benefit for everyone.”

Thomas said community donations are what helps to keep them going.

“We are not funded in any way from the government, and we do all our own fundraising,” he said. “The money that comes in from the houses we sell goes back into our new projects.”

Ritko said it’s important for the company to give back to the community.

“We’ve been in business for 71 years and have established ourselves as a local remodeler with a well-known name, and the community has been very good to us,” he said. “This is something we plan to do again.”

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.